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  1. junctionist

    Yonge Street Revitalization (Downtown Yonge BIA/City of Toronto)

    There's Bay Street. A lot of drivers won't even try to use Yonge Street anymore. It's not that practical as is. There are so many left turn restrictions.
  2. junctionist

    Toronto | Mirvish+Gehry Toronto | 329m | 91s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    I think we should learn from this experience and give more commissions to promising young architects. We shouldn't be so thrifty and conservative that our best talent has to leave the city to make a career for themselves. We definitely shouldn't wait until they're 90 to hire them.
  3. junctionist

    Toronto | The Well | 174m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    550 Front West continues to be an eye sore.
  4. junctionist

    Toronto | Ten York Street Condos | 224m | 65s | Tridel | Wallman Architects

    It won't make any architectural guidebooks, but Tridel mostly got the execution right. The materials are major step up from their usual mess of spandrel panels or sterile precast concrete.
  5. junctionist

    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    I agree. It looks like the coroner's colour scheme.
  6. junctionist

    Toronto | Garden District Condos | 100m | 32s | Hyde Park | architectsAlliance

    Owners aren't necessary blameless. If they have the means to prevent these foreseeable situations from arising, then they should prevent them from arising.
  7. junctionist

    Toronto | Garden District Condos | 100m | 32s | Hyde Park | architectsAlliance

    I agree that it's not easy, though I suspect that steel mesh on the windows or sealing them off with bricks or cinderblocks plus security patrols would reduce the risk of fires significantly. In the end, these aren't owners of limited means in American ghetto. These people have the means to...
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    Toronto | Garden District Condos | 100m | 32s | Hyde Park | architectsAlliance

    It's possible that the owners were negligent by not having adequate security for these buildings and adequate fire suppression measures. To them, it's a basic business decision. "Why invest in security and fire suppression if I'm just going to tear these buildings down for my development?" But a...
  9. junctionist

    Toronto | 100 Davenport | 142m | 39s | Diamante Development | Cardinal

    Actually, it sounds like the main issue from those two paragraphs comes down to height. They're saying that there's nothing wrong with a 56-unit luxury building, but the proposal doesn't transition well to the adjacent neighbourhood. They're saying that such a building could conform to the...
  10. junctionist

    Toronto | 100 Davenport | 142m | 39s | Diamante Development | Cardinal

    I disagree. Boutique luxury condo towers like this one may not deliver the density of a typical building, but they're far better than the low density of suburban mansion neighbourhoods. So much farmland in York Region has been wasted on mansion enclaves.
  11. junctionist

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    SmartTrack should be just another part of the TTC. The fare should be $3.10 with Presto, and the trains should run every 10-15 minutes minimum. There are so many neighbourhoods in the city that lack affordable rapid transit that could get it with SmartTrack. It's not fair that some...
  12. junctionist

    Toronto | 1745 St Clair West | 39m | 11s | RAW Design

    The rendering looks wonderful. I like that the old corner building on Hounslow Heath Road appears to be staying. It'll make for a more varied and less monotonous streetscape.
  13. junctionist

    Toronto | Emerald Park Condos | 129m | 40s | Bazis | Rosario Varacalli

    The tower architecture turned out quite well. What's surprising is that the painted metal parts of the cladding are already becoming discoloured as if they were decades old. You can see it especially on the centre column in this photo if you zoom in. It doesn't inspire confidence in the build...
  14. junctionist

    Toronto | CityPlace: Canoe Landing Community Centre & Schools | 16m | 3s | City of Toronto | ZAS Architects

    The more I see it, the more I like it. It adds so much visual interest to the streetscape.
  15. junctionist

    The seemingly terminal decline of Tim Hortons

    I'm always on the lookout for a nice indie coffee shop, be it on Bloor Street or Main Street in a small town.
  16. junctionist

    Toronto | ANX | 46m | 13s | Freed | Teeple Architects

    It's a bit of a slab tower in how its proportions don't seem to relate to the street at all. It's awkward how it doesn't follow the curve in the road. But there are some interesting details like the shapes of the balcony slabs and nice materials. I'm not sure what to make of this one. If it...
  17. junctionist

    Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Province of Ontario | Zeidler

    They can take transit or even drive.
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    Toronto | Sidewalk Toronto at Quayside | ?m | ?s | Sidewalk | Snøhetta

    I think they'll have an easier time in developing countries, sadly. Once you tell the local government they won't have to spend a dime for Western-style development and infrastructure, they'll be all over it.
  19. junctionist

    Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Province of Ontario | Zeidler

    It's really easy to get to by bike. Just hop on the Martin Goodman Trail. Also, Exhibition Station is within walking distance for frequent GO and light rail connections.
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    Toronto | 290 Sheppard West | 21m | 6s | Realtel | VFA

    Land is cheaper compared to Yonge Street, and various destinations are in walking distance like corporate offices and the Meridian Centre for the Arts. Plus, with all the small condos going up, people are less likely to have enough space for out-of-town visitors.